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August 9, 2014

DAVID CLENDON (Green): We are debating Part 1, the purpose, of this unfortunate piece of legislation, the West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill. Of course as soon as one sees the statement of purpose, it is to allow the director-general of the Department of Conservation to authorise the removal of timber. The process that we are undertaking tonight to endeavour to embed this legislation is an offence to the democratic process.

August 9, 2014

Green Party MP Holly Walker has decided to withdraw from the party's list in the upcoming election and will not seek a second term in Parliament. Ms Walker was number 12 on the Green Party list.

"Unfortunately, a recent unexpected change in my family life has made it very difficult for me to continue as a Green MP. Under these circumstances, I have chosen to put my family first and withdraw myself from the Green Party list," said Ms Walker,

August 9, 2014

The failure of the Primary Production Committee to include any measures to address public concerns around unnecessary animal testing in the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill is extremely disappointing, said the Green Party today.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, as reported back from the Select Committee, fails to include any measures to protect animals from unnecessary animal testing.

"The Green Party put in two very simple amendments on animal testing to address public concerns," Green Party Animal Welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers said today.

Julie Anne Genter MP
August 9, 2014

Today the Government raised the petrol tax yet again. The reason it has had to raise the petrol tax is because there has been a deficit in the money that is coming into the National Land Transport Fund, because New Zealanders are actually driving less. They have been driving less consecutively for 7 years now. There is not enough money coming in to spend on what the National Government wanted to make a priority. When the National Government came in, I remember it very clearly, because I was working as a transportation consultant for the New Zealand Transport Agency.

August 9, 2014

New Zealand needs more initiatives aimed at reducing our prison population, Green Party justice spokesperson David Clendon said today.

Today JustSpeak a non-partisan network wanting to change New Zealand's criminal justice system released a report on how they consider New Zealand's prison system can be improved. The report is entitled Unlocking Prisons: 'How we can improve New Zealand's prison system'.

August 9, 2014

Over 1000 New Zealanders including Gareth Morgan and Maisey Rika have signed on to the campaign to ensure New Zealand's rivers are clean and safe for swimming, the Green Party said today.

"We know that New Zealanders love our rivers and want to be able to swim in them," said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

"The Environment Minister is currently considering the submissions of thousands of New Zealanders who called for our rivers to be swimmable. The decision should be easy," said Ms Sage.

August 9, 2014

Eugenie Sage: Tēnā koe, Mr Chair. Vote Environment for 2014-15 totals over $313 million, and 61 percent of that relates to the Ministry for the Environment's climate change responsibilities, and my colleague Kennedy Graham will comment on that. But 39 percent of the vote is for other aspects of environmental management, and a significant chunk of that covers freshwater. The Ministry for the Environment gets $14 million to provide advice and implement tools for water management. We live in a country that is shaped by more than 18,000 kilometres of rivers.

August 9, 2014

Tēnā koe, Mr Assistant Speaker. I am pleased to take a call on the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Bill, which the Green Party will be supporting. Like other members I acknowledge the Hon Nicky Wagner for bringing the bill to the House, and the hard-working and committed members of the trust board. I was privileged to have an office in the old chemistry building on Hereford Street through the 1990s and early 2000s. It is indeed a privilege to work in a building that has got such a history of craftsmanship and has been used and enjoyed by so many people over the decades.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party is celebrating World Environment Day with a renewed call for swimmable rivers.

Seven well known New Zealanders joined with the Green Party in calling on Environment Minister to ensure New Zealand's rivers are clean and safe for swimming. The big names include Brian Turner, Craig Potton, Grahame Sydney, Michele A'Court, Rob Hamill, Te Awanui Reeder and Tiki Taane.

"We know that New Zealanders love our rivers and want to be able to swim in them," said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

August 9, 2014

There was a sense of relief in the Christchurch Green Party office when word came through that the City Council changed their mind on the timeframe to complete the major cycleways project. It started off as a three year project, and then expanded to five years, then to eight years, and now it is back to five years. This is the right direction, though whether it is soon enough is debateable.